Longtime Industry Leader Greg Carney Passes Away

Glass Magazine
November 14, 2013
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Greg CarneyC. Gregory Carney, a longtime technical leader in the glass industry, passed away Nov. 13 in Gulfport, Miss. Carney began his career in the architectural glass industry in 1981, and was involved in glass design, specification, fabrication, installation and field inspection for construction projects around the world. 

“Greg Carney was a class act,” said Max Perilstein, president of Sole Source Consultants LLC. “There’s a ton of technical talent in the industry, but Greg was always the ‘go to’ guy. ... So much of the way our industry works technically right now has Greg’s fingerprints on it. His influence will be with us forever.”

Carney’s first job was for Libby-Owens Ford. “The first week on the job [he] was inspecting glass from 10+ stories up, holding onto the side of a building in Dallas,” according to a release from the Glass Association of North America. “His love for the industry began that week and continued to grow over the next 32 years through his work at LOF and eventually Interpane.” 

Throughout his years working for industry companies, Carney served as an active member of GANA and the Sealed Insulated Glass Manufacturers Association. He became the technical director of GANA in 1999, a position he held for about 10 years. In 2009, Carney started his own consulting firm, CG Carney Associates Inc., focused on field studies and investigation, new product development and evaluation, along with inspections, analysis and calculations. He continued to consult with GANA on the Building Envelope Contractors and Tempering Divisions until early 2013. 

Carney served on the Board of Governors for the Glazing Industry Code Committee and the Board of Directors for the Protective Glazing Council. Additionally, he was an active member in ASTM International, the National Fenestration Rating Council, Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance and the International Code Council.

“I’ve known and worked with Greg for nearly ten years, and am overwhelmingly saddened to hear of his passing,” said Tracy Rogers, GANA President, and director, industry relationships and advanced technology for Quanex Building Products. “Not only was Greg a great leader and tremendous resource for the glass and glazing industry, but he was a good friend to many, including myself and my family. He will be truly and deeply missed.”

Ren Bartoe, director of international sales and marketing for Vesuvius, added, “Greg Carney was a charter member of 'The Fraternity', a collection of industry professionals always ready to provide technical assistance, networking resources, and solutions. Greg was unselfish in his willingness to get involved, and he represented our industry professionally and with class. Greg also had a terrific sense of humor, and his ‘secret handshake’ at industry socials was always welcome; seems the more you contributed to GANA, the more drink tickets he'd slip your way. I've lost a dear friend, and our industry has lost a wonderfully unique contributor and character.”  

“On behalf of GANA and its staff, our sincere condolences and prayers go out to Greg’s family,” stated Bill Yanek, GANA Executive Vice President. “Greg was a giant in our industry and his impact on GANA will never be forgotten.”

Born on July 11, 1957, in Gulfport, Carney was the son of Charles and Margie Carney, and father to Gregory Delaney (21) and Caroline Elizabeth (17) Carney. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Riemann Family Funeral Home, 3 Rivers Road, Gulfport, MS. Visitation is from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., with the service at 2:00 p.m. The burial will immediately follow the service at Foral Hills.